$6,200 in 1849 is worth $197,369.35 in 2017

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Value of $6,200 from 1849 to 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2017 are 3,083.38% higher than average prices since 1849. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.08% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $6,200 in 1849 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $197,369.35 in 2017, a difference of $191,169.35 over 168 years.

The 1849 inflation rate was -2.53%. The inflation rate in 2017 was 2.13%. The 2017 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.51% per year between 2017 and 2020.


Inflation from 1849 to 2017
Cumulative price change 3,083.38%
Average inflation rate 2.08%
Converted amount ($6,200 base) $197,369.35
Price difference ($6,200 base) $191,169.35
CPI in 1849 7.700
CPI in 2017 245.120
Inflation in 1849 -2.53%
Inflation in 2017 2.13%

USD Inflation since 1635
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $6,200 in 1849

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $6,200 in 1849 (price index tracking began in 1635).

For example, if you started with $6,200, you would need to end with $197,369.35 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $6,200 is equivalent to $197,369.35 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.S. dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1849 dollars, the chart below shows how $6,200 is worth less over 168 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these USD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Dollar inflation: 1849-2017
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1849 $6,200.00 -2.53%
1850 $6,280.52 1.30%
1851 $6,200.00 -1.28%
1852 $6,200.00 0.00%
1853 $6,200.00 0.00%
1854 $6,763.64 9.09%
1855 $7,005.19 3.57%
1856 $6,844.16 -2.30%
1857 $7,005.19 2.35%
1858 $6,602.60 -5.75%
1859 $6,683.12 1.22%
1860 $6,683.12 0.00%
1861 $7,085.71 6.02%
1862 $8,132.47 14.77%
1863 $10,145.45 24.75%
1864 $12,641.56 24.60%
1865 $13,124.68 3.82%
1866 $12,802.60 -2.45%
1867 $11,916.88 -6.92%
1868 $11,433.77 -4.05%
1869 $10,950.65 -4.23%
1870 $10,548.05 -3.68%
1871 $9,823.38 -6.87%
1872 $9,823.38 0.00%
1873 $9,662.34 -1.64%
1874 $9,179.22 -5.00%
1875 $8,857.14 -3.51%
1876 $8,615.58 -2.73%
1877 $8,454.55 -1.87%
1878 $8,051.95 -4.76%
1879 $8,051.95 0.00%
1880 $8,212.99 2.00%
1881 $8,212.99 0.00%
1882 $8,212.99 0.00%
1883 $8,132.47 -0.98%
1884 $7,890.91 -2.97%
1885 $7,810.39 -1.02%
1886 $7,568.83 -3.09%
1887 $7,649.35 1.06%
1888 $7,649.35 0.00%
1889 $7,407.79 -3.16%
1890 $7,327.27 -1.09%
1891 $7,327.27 0.00%
1892 $7,327.27 0.00%
1893 $7,246.75 -1.10%
1894 $6,924.68 -4.44%
1895 $6,763.64 -2.33%
1896 $6,763.64 0.00%
1897 $6,683.12 -1.19%
1898 $6,683.12 0.00%
1899 $6,683.12 0.00%
1900 $6,763.64 1.20%
1901 $6,844.16 1.19%
1902 $6,924.68 1.18%
1903 $7,085.71 2.33%
1904 $7,166.23 1.14%
1905 $7,085.71 -1.12%
1906 $7,246.75 2.27%
1907 $7,568.83 4.44%
1908 $7,407.79 -2.13%
1909 $7,327.27 -1.09%
1910 $7,649.35 4.40%
1911 $7,649.35 0.00%
1912 $7,810.39 2.11%
1913 $7,971.43 2.06%
1914 $8,051.95 1.01%
1915 $8,132.47 1.00%
1916 $8,776.62 7.92%
1917 $10,306.49 17.43%
1918 $12,158.44 17.97%
1919 $13,929.87 14.57%
1920 $16,103.90 15.61%
1921 $14,412.99 -10.50%
1922 $13,527.27 -6.15%
1923 $13,768.83 1.79%
1924 $13,768.83 0.00%
1925 $14,090.91 2.34%
1926 $14,251.95 1.14%
1927 $14,010.39 -1.69%
1928 $13,768.83 -1.72%
1929 $13,768.83 0.00%
1930 $13,446.75 -2.34%
1931 $12,238.96 -8.98%
1932 $11,031.17 -9.87%
1933 $10,467.53 -5.11%
1934 $10,789.61 3.08%
1935 $11,031.17 2.24%
1936 $11,192.21 1.46%
1937 $11,594.81 3.60%
1938 $11,353.25 -2.08%
1939 $11,192.21 -1.42%
1940 $11,272.73 0.72%
1941 $11,836.36 5.00%
1942 $13,124.68 10.88%
1943 $13,929.87 6.13%
1944 $14,171.43 1.73%
1945 $14,493.51 2.27%
1946 $15,701.30 8.33%
1947 $17,955.84 14.36%
1948 $19,405.19 8.07%
1949 $19,163.64 -1.24%
1950 $19,405.19 1.26%
1951 $20,935.06 7.88%
1952 $21,337.66 1.92%
1953 $21,498.70 0.75%
1954 $21,659.74 0.75%
1955 $21,579.22 -0.37%
1956 $21,901.30 1.49%
1957 $22,625.97 3.31%
1958 $23,270.13 2.85%
1959 $23,431.17 0.69%
1960 $23,833.77 1.72%
1961 $24,075.32 1.01%
1962 $24,316.88 1.00%
1963 $24,638.96 1.32%
1964 $24,961.04 1.31%
1965 $25,363.64 1.61%
1966 $26,088.31 2.86%
1967 $26,893.51 3.09%
1968 $28,020.78 4.19%
1969 $29,550.65 5.46%
1970 $31,241.56 5.72%
1971 $32,610.39 4.38%
1972 $33,657.14 3.21%
1973 $35,750.65 6.22%
1974 $39,696.10 11.04%
1975 $43,319.48 9.13%
1976 $45,815.58 5.76%
1977 $48,794.81 6.50%
1978 $52,498.70 7.59%
1979 $58,457.14 11.35%
1980 $66,348.05 13.50%
1981 $73,192.21 10.32%
1982 $77,701.30 6.16%
1983 $80,197.40 3.21%
1984 $83,659.74 4.32%
1985 $86,638.96 3.56%
1986 $88,249.35 1.86%
1987 $91,470.13 3.65%
1988 $95,254.55 4.14%
1989 $99,844.16 4.82%
1990 $105,238.96 5.40%
1991 $109,667.53 4.21%
1992 $112,968.83 3.01%
1993 $116,350.65 2.99%
1994 $119,329.87 2.56%
1995 $122,711.69 2.83%
1996 $126,335.06 2.95%
1997 $129,233.77 2.29%
1998 $131,246.75 1.56%
1999 $134,145.45 2.21%
2000 $138,654.55 3.36%
2001 $142,600.00 2.85%
2002 $144,854.55 1.58%
2003 $148,155.84 2.28%
2004 $152,101.30 2.66%
2005 $157,254.55 3.39%
2006 $162,327.27 3.23%
2007 $166,950.70 2.85%
2008 $173,360.86 3.84%
2009 $172,744.08 -0.36%
2010 $175,577.56 1.64%
2011 $181,119.71 3.16%
2012 $184,867.90 2.07%
2013 $187,575.77 1.46%
2014 $190,618.60 1.62%
2015 $190,844.86 0.12%
2016 $193,252.39 1.26%
2017 $197,369.35 2.13%
2018 $202,289.09 2.49%
2019 $205,854.09 1.76%
2020 $206,443.09 0.29%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1849 amounts in 2017 dollars, based on the 3,083.38% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 2017
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1849 $31.83 dollars in 2017
$5 dollars in 1849 $159.17 dollars in 2017
$10 dollars in 1849 $318.34 dollars in 2017
$50 dollars in 1849 $1,591.69 dollars in 2017
$100 dollars in 1849 $3,183.38 dollars in 2017
$500 dollars in 1849 $15,916.88 dollars in 2017
$1,000 dollars in 1849 $31,833.77 dollars in 2017
$5,000 dollars in 1849 $159,168.83 dollars in 2017
$10,000 dollars in 1849 $318,337.66 dollars in 2017
$50,000 dollars in 1849 $1,591,688.31 dollars in 2017
$100,000 dollars in 1849 $3,183,376.62 dollars in 2017
$500,000 dollars in 1849 $15,916,883.12 dollars in 2017
$1,000,000 dollars in 1849 $31,833,766.23 dollars in 2017

Inflation by Country

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £6,200.00 in 1849 would be equivalent to £748,806.74 in 2017, an absolute change of £742,606.74 and a cumulative change of 11,977.53%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $191,169.35 and total percent change of 3,083.38%.


Inflation by Spending Category

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1849 and 2017.

Compare these values to the overall average of 2.08% per year:

Category Avg Inflation (%) Total Inflation (%) $6,200 in 1849 → 2017
Food and beverages 4.01 73,764.33 4,579,588.35
Housing 4.29 115,543.48 7,169,895.73
Apparel 2.07 3,030.37 194,082.88
Transportation 3.29 22,832.70 1,421,827.44
Medical care 5.21 511,300.56 31,706,834.85
Recreation 1.11 542.80 39,853.57
Education and communication 1.97 2,529.61 163,035.66
Other goods and services 5.15 463,718.00 28,756,715.73

The graph below compares inflation in categories of goods over time. Click on a category such as "Food" to toggle it on or off:

For all these visualizations, it's important to note that not all categories may have been tracked since 1849. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.



How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $6,200, 1849 to 2017

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1849 and 2017:

CPI in 2017 CPI in 1849
×
1849 USD value
=
2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 7.7 in the year 1849 and 245.12 in 2017:

245.127.7
×
$6,200
=
$197,369.35

$6,200 in 1849 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $197,369.35 in 2017.

To get the total inflation rate for the 168 years between 1849 and 2017, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2017 - CPI in 1849CPI in 1849
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (168 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

245.12 - 7.77.7
×
100
=
3,083%

News headlines from 1849

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky's execution is cancelled at the last moment.
  • Elisabeth Blackwell is the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree.
  • First photograph of a US president is taken in New York, when Matthew Bady photographed President James Knox Polk

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$6,200 in 1849 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 29 May. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1849-dollars-in-2017?amount=6200.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.


Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1849 to 2017
Cumulative price change 3,083.38%
Average inflation rate 2.08%
Converted amount ($6,200 base) $197,369.35
Price difference ($6,200 base) $191,169.35
CPI in 1849 7.700
CPI in 2017 245.120
Inflation in 1849 -2.53%
Inflation in 2017 2.13%